Theme Night, 2nd July . . . MUSIC of The 70’s

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If you feel like joining in with the theme, that would be ‘cool man’.
It’s not compulsory, so ‘Open Mic’ is OK, for the fashion conscious!

Forthcoming Showcase Nights



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Open-mic evenings are held every Thursday from 8.00pm.
Entry: £2.00 for non-members.

Showcase night is held every THIRD THURSDAY of the month.
Entry: £4.00 for non-members.

Entrance is FREE for students with a valid student card
… and for those of 16 years of age and under,
… (who must be accompanied by an adult).

NO ENTRY to non-members after 10.00pm

Tickets are not available prior to a showcase event;
… just turn up on the night.
There will be an Open Mic set between 8.30pm and 9.50pm.
The guest act will appear on stage at approximately 10.00pm.

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LEE RAHN on 16th July.

Lee has been regarded by many as a creative guitarist, picking through alternative tunings and complimented as “a thoughtful lyricist with vividly emotive imagery”.

NINEBARROW on 20th August.

Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ and by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breathtaking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles.

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FOLKFEST presents…ZEN HUSSIES on 3rd September.

The Zen Hussies formed in 2001 in an endeavour to reclaim roots music forms such as trad jazz, blues, ska, rock and roll and swing back from the clutches of mere nostalgia and attempt to invest these wonderful influences with a contemporary relevance to today’s world whilst respecting the traditions from which they arose.

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DAMIEN BARBER & MIKE WILSON on 17th September.

Two of the finest exponents of Traditional Song in the United Kingdom; it is difficult to accept that these relatively young men, have a combined 40+ years experience of performing at folk venues.

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JIM CRAWFORD on 15th October.

Jim Crawford is something of an enigma.
Originally from Lancashire, he now resides on the North Devon coast.

Jim totally surprises his audience when he breaks into song with, as one reviewer put it
“A richness of voice you can only be born with” and for years has been revered among professional musicians as a consumate finger picker and slide guitarist.

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BBC Introducing at the Ritz

It was great to welcome the BBC Introducing team to the Ritz on Thursday 3rd October, and what a great show they put out on the Radio on Saturday with material from our own Open Mic Night, plus Milverton and East Chinnock.BBC Introducing scouting for talent at the Ritz Acoustic Club

Click here to play a snippet of Steve Brown’s “Eleanor Rigby” from that evening

For edited highlights (35 minutes) of the BBC Introducing Show please go our MUSIC Page

Bob Gallie and Taylor Topham at the Open Mic Night 28th March 2013

Bob Gallie

Taylor Topham

Thanks to Adam Williamson for capturing this on his phone, to show you what you are missing out on our regular Thursday night Open Mic Sessions

Committee members 2014 - 2015

Following the AGM held on Monday 13th October 2014, the following officers of the club were duly elected:

Chairman: Rob Brown
Vice Chairman: Paul Mitchell
Secretary: Bryan Counsell
Treasurer: Susan Stent
Membership: Vince Murphy
Fundraising: Trish Liles
PR and Acts: Dominic Wills
Technical Advisor: Graham Cook
Webmaster: Clive Bond

Officers without portfolio: (alphabetical order)

Greg Aylmer
Caroline Boyce
Lorraine Brown
Glynis Carey
Rob Carey
Don Counsell
Doug Liles
Lisa Mitchell
Mike Price
Adam Williamson

New Somerset Folk Club started at the Panborough Inn.

It looks like the Isle of Wedmore area in Somerset has a new Folk Club. Basing itself in The Panborough Inn 3miles along the road from Wedmore to Wells. They run club nights every other friday, which started on 15th October 2010 in their skittle alley. All are very welcome, so try and get along to support this emerging club.
For further information contact Bernard Coulter (

2011 celebrating the 12th Year of the Ritz Acoustic Club

RITZ ACOUSTIC Annual General Meeting held on Monday 26th October 2009

This year’s AGM took place on Monday 26th October 2009 at 7.30pm. Greg Aylmer was returned for the third year as Chairman, and Ted Heath took the place of Vice-Chairman.

Ten Years Young

The Ritz Acoustic Club is ten years old this month.

After an acoustic concert,open mic night in Highbridge on the First of May 1999, organised by CADS (Burnham and Highbridge Cultural Arts Society), at which local players such as Dave Neville, Pete Beech and Jim Topping gave their best, it was thought it would be a good idea to have an open mike night every week, where anyone could come along and play. So the ‘Home Brue Folk Club’ (as it was originally named) had their first night the following Friday night on 7th May 1999 and started in the skittle alley of the Crown pub in Burnham, at which 12 people attended. The events were organised by Dave Neville with help from other locals such as Pete Beech, Nigel Snook, Dave Chave and Jim Topping. As its popularity grew it soon became necessary to find a larger venue.

A few short months later the club moved to the Jubilee room in the Ritz Social Club and became a weekly event. At this time it might be worth mentioning that the club had £4.50 in the kitty, and most, if not all the equipment was either owned by Dave Neville, or begged and borrowed. The club later changed its name to ‘The Ritz Acoustic Club’ after moving to its current venue at the Ritz Social Club.

A celebratory evening was held on Thursday 21st May, with many old friends attending and performing.

Open Mic Nights

The Club will be open every Thursday night as usual with the normal three sets of Open Mic. Please get there early (before 8.30pm) to book your slot. THIRD THURSDAYS are Buffet/Showcase Nights as detailed below. If you want to play on a third thursday in the two available sets, then e-mail us or phone us to book a slot.

If you’ve never played on a stage before or used a PA System, come along early at about 7.45pm and ask to have a quick practice on stage before the audience comes in. We guarantee a warm reception for new players and those who are just starting out, this could be the start of a bright career or just something you’ve always wanted to do!